According to reports, weather forecasters are calling this cold storm a “bomb cyclone”.
Date of publication – 14:58, Sunday – 25 December 22
Hyderabad: Extreme snow and high winds are shaking up vacation plans for people in the United States of America and Canada. According to reports, weather forecasters are calling this cold storm a “bomb cyclone”.
Although this is not a rare occurrence, this time the intensity seems to be higher. But what exactly is a bomb cyclone?
What is a bomb cyclone called, and what is it?
Simply put, a bomb cyclone is a rapidly intensifying storm. It occurs when the atmospheric pressure drops very quickly, at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.
Since meteorologists have compared the sudden drop in pressure to a bomb going off, words like ‘bombogenesis’ were used to describe the process of storm formation, hence the name – bomb cyclone.
What are its consequences?
Although bomb cyclones are mostly like all winter storms, they can sometimes produce extreme weather conditions such as gusty winds, heavy flooding, extreme snow, or hurricane-like conditions.
What is the situation now?
As a result of the cyclone and the extremely cold conditions, at least 28 people have died in the USA, as reported by ‘Sky News’.
As temperatures dropped below freezing, nearly 3,00,000 homes and businesses were without power, and more than 3,000 flights were canceled, they added.